fly-by-night


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fly-by-night

(flī′bī-nīt′) Informal
adj.
1. Unreliable or unscrupulous, especially with regard to business dealings: "some fly-by-night startup that was halfway to shutting down" (Douglas Edwards).
2. Of an impermanent or insubstantial nature: fly-by-night fashions in clothing.
n. also fly-by-night·er (-nī′tər)
1. An unreliable or unscrupulous person.
2. One, such as a company, that is short-lived and therefore unreliable.

fly-by-night

adj
1. unreliable or untrustworthy, esp in finance
2. brief; impermanent
n
3. an untrustworthy person, esp one who departs secretly or by night to avoid paying debts
4. a person who goes out at night to places of entertainment

fly′-by-night`



adj.
1. not reliable or well established, esp. in business, and primarily interested in making a quick profit: a fly-by-night operation.
2. not lasting; impermanent; transitory.
n.
3. a debtor who attempts to evade creditors.
4. a fly-by-night person or business.
Also, fly′-by-night′er.
[1790–1800]

fly-by-night

- Said to be an old term of reproach to a woman signifying that she was a witch, and was extended to "anyone who departs hastily from a recent activity," especially while owing money.
See also related terms for witch.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fly-by-night - a debtor who flees to avoid paying
debitor, debtor - a person who owes a creditor; someone who has the obligation of paying a debt
Adj.1.fly-by-night - (of businesses and businessmen) unscrupulous; "a shady operation"
untrustworthy, untrusty - not worthy of trust or belief; "an untrustworthy person"
2.fly-by-night - ephemeral; "the symphony is no fly-by-night venture"
impermanent, temporary - not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"

fly-by-night

adjective (Informal) unreliable, cowboy (informal), dubious, questionable, shady, untrustworthy, undependable fly-by-night operators who do shoddy work
Translations

fly-by-night

[ˈflaɪbaɪnaɪt]
A. ADJinformal, poco fiable
B. Ncasquivano/a m/f
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